Mom, my hands smell-A first timer's TR-Completed 4/12

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  1. justplaingoofy

    justplaingoofy DIS Veteran

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    school??:confused3 who needs stinkin' school?:laughing:

    entertain uspopcorn:: we want to be entertained!:banana:

    Just kidding.... stay in school!
     
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  3. NotSoEvilStepmother

    NotSoEvilStepmother *Not a real stepmother*

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    :rotfl: :lmao:
    I wish I could skip school sometimes--I'm there from an hour before school actually starts (around 7 or earlier) after waking up at 5 then stay until past 5 every afternoon for random rehearsals or helping out teachers then stay up doing homework until midnight most nights. And I'm trying to get 6 years perfect attendance--three down, three to go. Agh! :eek:
     
  4. diz_kid 777

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    Fantastic trip report so far. Looking forward to reading more! :thumbsup2
     
  5. DisDancerina

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    CHELSEA!!!!!

    You know, the creepiest thing is that those tour guides were there when we were too..... :confused3
     
  6. NotSoEvilStepmother

    NotSoEvilStepmother *Not a real stepmother*

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    Yeah. There were tons of tour groups there. I haven't even named of a quarter of them. ;) Well, I was DIS'n the other day (procrastinating on studying for French) and I thought..."wait, D told me something about wearing Lime Green"... With a little help of the search engine, I found you! And here we are. ::yes:: How lucky you are to be going to GC at DLR in a month. I've yet to stay onsite. And it'll probably be another 6 years until my next Disney vacation (if you can't tell by my siggie).

    Now, for everyone. I have minimal work to do this weekend and I got all of my notes back from their mysterious hiding places so an update SHOULD be up within the next few days. As soon as I can upload pictures to Photobucket and type a few words up.:thumbsup2
     
  7. IneedaDISNEYvacation

    IneedaDISNEYvacation Earning My Ears

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    I was there the same dates except the 12th I was at a wedding and I stayed two hotels or so down and it smelled terribly like mold. I also saw all those crazy brazilians and the massive amounts of rain!:cloud9:
     
  8. NotSoEvilStepmother

    NotSoEvilStepmother *Not a real stepmother*

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    :rotfl: That's so cool! I've been searching the boards and it seemed like NO ONE was there that week (even though the crowd numbers say differently). Now I'm not alone. Our hotel...ugh... It just WAS NOT what we expected at all. Lower than our lowest standards.
     
  9. NotSoEvilStepmother

    NotSoEvilStepmother *Not a real stepmother*

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    Hiya there!:wave2: Long time, no update. I know. I&#8217;ve been so bogged down with so many things (and I still am) that my time for anything related to the DIS is minimal. Whew. Ok. Let&#8217;s get this show on the road already.:car:

    Monday, July 14th, 2008

    So here was the day I&#8217;d been waiting for since I&#8217;d first discovered we were going to the World. My own opportunity to see THE WORLD&#8212;inside the World&#8230;. If that makes ANY sense. You guessed it&#8230;EPCOT. I awoke bright-eyed and bushy tailed at about 7 AM. Yep. And, for the first and only time on this vacation, Sleepy and Grumpy were relatively easy to get out of bed. 7:18. A personal record&#8230;.

    As they got ready, I ran around the room and got everything ready to go&#8212;getting rid of stuff in my bag I knew now that we would never use, putting together sandwiches-our delectable lunches, and getting the cereal in bowls and putting it in front of the slow-moving (well, in my standards) Sleepy and Grumpy. As they finished eating, I locked away my computer and grabbed my bag and headed outside to wait.

    And that&#8217;s when I saw the worst part of the worst hotel in Kissimmee.

    &#8220;Mom! Come out here!&#8221;

    She came outside and we gaped at the cleaning staff at the next row of rooms, straight across from us. It was three or four little kids, all under the age of 11, going into rooms and cleaning everything while their parents&#8212;dressed in the actual cleaning uniforms&#8212;sat outside smoking.:eek: Sleepy and I couldn&#8217;t believe it. I wish now that I had taken pictures to send to Child Protection Services. This was just not right.

    Needless to say, we quickly hightailed it out of there, not saying a word as we drove down the highway towards the entrance to Disney World. We followed the signs and soon enough saw this.

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    And this.

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    We parked in the AMAZE section at 8:57, with 3 minutes left until park opening. Score! Unfortunately, the bag check line was really long so it was a few minutes past 9 when we made it to the turnstiles

    I&#8217;ve always had a weird obsession with EPCOT. It just fascinated me for some strange reason.

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    I&#8217;m weird&#8212;we&#8217;ve already discussed this.:crazy:

    I had the touring plan so we were ready to go. We grabbed a few (dozen) maps of the park and I sprung into action. After, of course, taking some Photopass pictures.

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    Back into action.

    &#8220;To the Land Pavilion. Fastpasses for Soarin&#8217;.&#8221;

    Only one problem&#8230;we didn&#8217;t know where the Land pavilion was. I had to think back to my days of constant guide book reading and pulled out a rough outline of the park (we didn&#8217;t even think of looking at the maps we&#8217;d just grabbed). I was quickly navigating us through the right side of Innoventions and straight ahead. We saw the sign for Soarin&#8217; and quickly headed up the steep hill towards the pavilion. I&#8217;d never known that it was a BUILDING. My Disneyland California frame of mind was so used to everything being OUTSIDE.:confused3 But whatever&#8230;. We headed in and around the top level of the pavilion towards the escalator. Here&#8217;s where things turned ugly&#8230;.

    Continued in the next post
     
  10. NotSoEvilStepmother

    NotSoEvilStepmother *Not a real stepmother*

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    I didn&#8217;t mention that in Animal Kingdom, during the step to get Fastpasses for EE, my parents and I had gotten into a big fight over what to do. They hadn&#8217;t seemed to trust me, or the plan. Mainly Grumpy, actually. The same thing had happened last August when we used a touring plan for Disneyland, but there was still the same reaction now.

    So as we looked at the Fastpass return times and the Stand-by entrance to the ride, Grumpy decided to make a comment about my ability to understand crowd flows.

    &#8220;Let&#8217;s go on the ride NOW. It&#8217;s only a 25 minute wait.&#8221;

    &#8220;No, Dad. Fastpasses are good in less than an hour and if we rode now, by the time we get to Test Track, there will be an hour long wait and that&#8217;ll throw us for the rest of the day.&#8221;

    &#8220;But it&#8217;s only a 25 minute wait. Test Track can&#8217;t get THAT crowded.&#8221;

    I blew up at him.

    :furious:

    &#8220;YOU HAVE TO TRUST ME WHEN I SAY I KNOW WHAT I&#8217;M TALKING ABOUT. I DEVOTE MY LIFE TO THESE THINGS, DAD!!!!!!!!&#8221;

    And without another word, I turned on my heels away from Sleepy and Grumpy and went back through the pavilion without any Fastpasses. I ran back up the stairs, around Circle of Life, and to the entrance to The Land. I plopped myself on one of those handy-dandy benches just inside the door, waiting for my parents to come fetch me like a good-girl would.

    It took them a few minutes, but eventually they found me. Sleepy was in near-hysterics.

    &#8220;What were you thinking&#8212;running away in a theme park!!&#8221;

    &#8220;I&#8217;m sorry. You just have to understand that I kinda know what I&#8217;m talking about here. This is my domain.&#8221;

    It took a minute of coaxing but finally they agreed to go along with the plan from now one. Unfortunately, I had to agree to not go Park Commando anymore. ::cop:

    We headed back down the stairs to grab the Passes for Soarin&#8217; (stand-by was now over an hour, a line we COULD have been stuck in) then quickly went on our way. On the way across the park as we headed to Test Track, I made an announcement.

    &#8220;We&#8217;re at Disney. No more fighting.&#8221;

    It was agreed upon.::yes::

    We entered the (30 minute) line for Test Track and got busy snapping pictures. Sleepy&#8217;s camera hadn&#8217;t wanted to work the day before but now that it was, she was taking advantage of it. It&#8217;s easy to tell the difference between hers and mine. Mine are grainy and hers are mostly clear with a tint of blue depending on where we are.

    [​IMG] They&#8217;re ready to go.

    [​IMG] A pretty cool car&#8212;what can I say, I like old. Cars, that is.

    [​IMG] I have no clue why Sleepy stole my camera or what I was looking so happy about. Probably because this was the ride I was most looking forward to in Future World.

    [​IMG] Look at the enthusiasm.

    [​IMG] He's ready to go

    We got on the ride at last (it was actually only a 10 minute line) and off we went to fulfill our calling as crash-test dummies. The ride was AMAZING. We just knew we had to come back and made plans to grab Fastpasses after the time between tickets ran out from Soarin&#8217;.

    We sped through the showroom (okay, after a lot of pointing from me at all the shiny cars&#8230;but what do you expect from an almost-able-to-drive teenager?) and went out the door heading to Mission: Space when Sleepy announced she had to go to the bathroom. OF COURSE.

    Swallowing my Park Commando gene, I patiently waited with Grumpy while Sleepy left us for a moment. The second she got back, I started quickly to MS. Having the delicate stomachs that most people tend to have, we chose the green side of the ride. We chose well too. There was a 5 minutes wait for Green while Orange was something like 100 minutes. Yeah. We&#8217;re good.
    The pre-ride experiences got me and Grumpy all hyped up while Sleepy, who LOVES anything having to do with space, started feeling slightly sick. I rolled my eyes at her, knowing that the feeling would be a distant memory by the time we got off the ride.

    There was no single rider to go on with us, so it was just Sleepy, Grumpy, and I stuck in a small box for more than 2 minutes. This was sure to be interesting&#8230; The ride started out wonderfully and we all managed to do our jobs (Sleepy took over two jobs) and just as we were landing on Mars&#8230;the screens went blank. :confused3

    &#8220;Did we crash?&#8221;

    &#8220;No. Mars just isn&#8217;t ready for human technology.&#8221;

    An announcement came on just then that they would be evacuating a ride and that all of us should just hold on and wait for CM&#8217;s to open the doors.

    &#8220;Someone on the Orange team must have puked!&#8221; Sleepy said, with an odd amount of zeal.

    &#8220;Protein spill!&#8221; I said, giggling.

    :hyper: :lmao: :rotfl2:

    By the time everything was opened and the screens were no longer pressed against our faces, Sleepy and I were busting a gut laughing over a protein spill stopping our ride three seconds before it was over while the Disney-hater rolled his eyes at us. Poor man doesn&#8217;t know what he&#8217;s missing. :sad2: We passed a CM and did our best to look disappointed.

    &#8220;It was a technical difficulty, folks. It happens. Disney isn&#8217;t perfect.&#8221;

    Someone forgot to take their happy pills that morning. :hyper: And the &#8220;technical difficulty&#8221; didn&#8217;t explain why they were bringing cleaning supplies into one of the boxes on the Orange side. Sleepy and I walked away from the CM, giggling the words &#8220;protein spill&#8221; all the way out the door.

    I turned to my parents, knowing what would be coming up next, and looked at them with big, puppy dog eyes.

    &#8220;Are you ready?&#8221;

    &#8220;To&#8230;?&#8221;

    &#8220;Go back to The Land pavilion?&#8221;

    "For Soarin'?"

    "...No..."

    Now here came the reaction from Grumpy that I got accustomed to over the next few days. He roled his eyes and rocked back on his feet, acting-dare I say it-grumpy.


    Next Up: You&#8217;re Supposed to Take the Picture right side up, not on it&#8217;s side. And I&#8217;M supposed to be in it.
     
  11. marynpaul

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    Just found your trip report. I am enjoying the whole teenager point of view. I am going on a Mother -daughter trip in December. (DD is going to be 18):yay:
     
  12. NotSoEvilStepmother

    NotSoEvilStepmother *Not a real stepmother*

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    Wow. You're fast. I'm still editing it. Being a teenager at Disney IS a unique thing because we're not commonly thought of by Disney in nice ways. The common view at Disney of most teens is that all we're gonna do is make rude comments and ruin the "little-ones" vacations. A first trip is a first trip, no matter your age. And the magic is just as powerful. Ok, enough ranting.
    ANYWAY...welcome. Do you have a PTR going for your December trip. Sounds like so much fun. I'm hinting to Sleepy for a mother/daughter/friend who's like Sleepy's daughter trip in March but she's basically Disney'd out.
     
  13. grandpaof3

    grandpaof3 Been there too often?

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    Just to let you know that your TR is being followed in the North country. I think you & my DGD13, been there 5 times, would get along just fine. Hope you don't have to wait 6yrs. for your next visit. We're back to the World, CR, next year.

    There was no WDW or DL when I was your age. You guys are so lucky!
     
  14. MeLaNie9

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    I love your report! Your story is well-written and so funny! I took a mother-daughter WDW trip in 1993, my grandmother had just died and my mom had spent a lot of time caring for her beforehand and it was right after college graduation for me and I was waiting to hear about acceptance to med school - it was a crazy time for us both I had initially wanted to go on a cruise or something, but my mom insisted on WDW, which really was a great choice!
    Your dad is cracking me up - oh, and I LOVED your meltdown story - I hope that they did indeed follow your lead for the rest of the trip! UG is so helpful and you obviously had done your (Disney) homework!
    Can't wait for more!
     
  15. NotSoEvilStepmother

    NotSoEvilStepmother *Not a real stepmother*

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    Welcome! I feel truly lucky that I've been to Disney so many times. It's certainly fueled a passion in me that isn't equally matched. Yeah, 6 years might well be the next time I go to the World. I'm hoping, though, that the new "What Will You Celebreate" promotion going on might persuade Sleepy to take me for a combined birthday present. But I doubt it will do a thing. CR sounds like a great resort. I'm hoping to actually be able to stay on property one day.

    I'm somewhat of a Disney freak. Ok, a bit more like a Disney maniac. UG saved our butts so many times. So much more than Sleepy and Grumpy realize. Wow, that does sound like a crazy trip! :eek: WDW is always a great choice. Unfortunately, some not so happy things happen later on in the trip that just made me want to go home right away. That's gonna be a hard part for me to write... ANYWAY...thanks for dropping by. :goodvibes
     
  16. grandpaof3

    grandpaof3 Been there too often?

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    Take your time with the TR. It's going to be a long cold winter and I'm not going anywhere.
     
  17. wigdoutdismom

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    Chels, Just found and read your trippie! I'm in for the duration................:surfweb: We were there in July with the bazillion Brazilions and all I can say is no more July trips for us. :rolleyes1
     
  18. NotSoEvilStepmother

    NotSoEvilStepmother *Not a real stepmother*

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    Thanks for joining!
    Ack! I now detest WDW in July. But it's an AMAZING place anyway so Brazilian's or no Brazilions, it's a great place. I've gotten Sleepy to basically agree no more Disney World in July (Grumpy wants me to agree to no more Disney World period...I think NOT). Have fun at MNSSHP in FIVE DAYS. Lucky goose.;)
     
  19. wigdoutdismom

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    Even though my birthday is in July and I can get a free ticket or gift card, I'm not so sure it's worth the waves of like shirted, song singing, touring Brazillions. Dh always jokes that his dream trip is staying at an AS resort in July.....:laughing:
    Oh and we are going to have an awesome extended weekend at the party. The forecast looks fabulous!
     
  20. NotSoEvilStepmother

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    :scared1: :scared1: :scared1: :scared1: :scared1: :scared1:
    We got lucky. Had we stayed on property, it most likely would have been at the AS resorts. I almost prefer Knights Inn in July to that.
    Almost.
    ;)
    Sending pixie dust your way for a magical extended weekend.:wizard:
     
  21. Nohal

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    Loving your trip report, can't wait for more. Your writing skills are exceptional.
     

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